Monday September 10, 2012

Today

ART

Open Studio

Life drawing with live model for practicing artists, bring own materials, from 6 to 9 p.m., IS183, Art School of the Berkshires, 13 Willard Hill Road, Stock bridge; information: (413) 298-5252, ext. 100. COMMUNITY

'Anonymous' Meetings

Alcoholics Anonymous, main contact number: (413) 443-0212; Narcotics Anonymous, information on daily meeting locations and times: (413) 443-4377; Al-Anon, for family members who have a husband/wife/son/daughter, etc. who is impaired with alcohol/drugs, (413) 445-5852.

Berkshire Carousel

Adult classes on pony painting, two-hour classes offered between 11 and 4, 170 North St., Pittsfield and Berkshire Mall; (413) 499-0342.

BerkshireWorks

Job club with Millie Calesky, personal and professional coach, allows job seekers to expand their network of contacts and serves as a support group throughout the job search process, from 1 to 2 p.m., optional networking at 12:45 p.m., 160 North St., Pittsfield; preregistration: (413) 499-2220, ext. 154 or online at www.berkshireworks.org.

Community Supper

Free meals prepared by Berkshire chefs, 5 to 6 p.m., nonperishable food items accepted, 5 to 6 p.m., Berkshire South Regional Community Center, Crissey Road, Great Barrington.

Jewish Federation of Berkshires

"A Conversation with the Puppet master," with Kate Maguire, artistic director and CEO of Berkshire Theatre Group, 1 p.m., Congregation Knesset Israel, 16 Colt Road, Pittsfield, (413) 442-4360, ext. 15.

Lenox Triad

Meeting at 9:30 a.m., elder law attorney, Paula Almgren, to discuss estate planning, asset protection, Medicaid eligibility and veterans' benefits at 10 a.m., Lenox Community Center, 65 Walker St., Lenox; Sue Holmes, (413) 637-5535.

Overeaters Anonymous

12-step meeting, 7 p.m., 175 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield.

Pembury Bridge Club

ACBL-sponsored duplicate bridge, open game at 6:45 p.m., South Congregational Church, 110 South St., Pittsfield; Tim Joder (504) 722-8015.

Scrabble Club

Berkshire South Scrabble Club, 5:30 to 7 p.m., (during community supper), Berkshire South Regional Community Center, Crissey Road, Great Barrington, (413) 528-2810.

DANCE

Line Dance Lessons

Berkshire County Line Dancers, for beginners of all ages, at 6:30 p.m., Fraternal Order of Eagles, Curran Highway, North Adams.

EXHIBITS

SculptureNow

SculptureNow in Lenox 2012, juried exhibition of large scale, outdoor sculptures, 21 sculptures on display on Main, Kemble and Walker streets through Oct. 27, maps available at Chamber of Commerce; information: (413) 623-2068.

FILM

Powell House

"The One Percent," on the political, moral and emotional rationale that allows one percent of Americans to control nearly half the wealth of the entire United States, 7 p.m., Powell House Quaker Conference and Retreat Center, 524 Pitt Hall Road, off County Route 13, Old Chatham, N.Y., (518) 766-2992.

HEALTH AND FITNESS

Acupuncture Clinic

Community acupuncture treatments for trauma, addiction, pain and stress, sliding fee of $20-$50, Sunrise Studio at Berkshire Healing Arts, (above Berkshire Nautilus), 4 to 7 p.m., 42 Summer St., second floor, Pittsfield, (413) 243-0654.

Cancer Group

Cancer Group

"Women Facing Cancer," for all women facing the challenges of having cancer, Noon to 1 p.m., Health Information Resource Room, near the lobby, Berkshire Medical Center, (413) 447-3092.

'Fit to Go!'

Increase your strength and energy with Kas Maroney, American Council on Exercise certified group instructor, for all levels, first class is free, 1 to 1:45 p.m., Unitarian Church, 175 Wendell Av.e, Pittsfield, (413) 841-5834.

Gentle Yoga

For all levels, focus on creating sequencing, breath work and meditation, drop-ins welcome, 9 to 10 a.m., Yoga Depot, 137 North St., Pittsfield; Rachael Plaine: (413) 822-2034.

Parkinson's Exercise Group

Medical clearance required, $5 per session, from 10:30 to 11:30, Berkshire Medical Center, Medical Arts Complex, fifth floor, Pittsfield, (413) 447-3075.

Parkinson's Exercise Group

Southern Berkshire Volunteer Ambulance Garage, 1 p.m., Fairview Hospital campus, Lewis Avenue, Great Barrington; medical clearance required, $5 per session; information: (413) 854-9740.

Pilates

Pilates mat class, 6 to7 p.m., Berkshire Physical Therapy, 740 Williams St., Pittsfield; registration: (413) 358-1007.

Pittsfield Family YMCA

Senior strength training (Silver Sneakers), 9:30 to 10:45 a.m.; deep water circuit training, 9:30 to 10:30; Aquafit, 11 to noon; gentle yoga, 11 to 12:15; "Strength and Motion," 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.; evening yoga, 6:45 to 8 p.m., 292 North St., Pittsfield, (413) 499-7650, ext.13.

Prenatal Yoga

No experience necessary, all stages of pregnancy welcome, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Berkshire Medical Center, North Street; also at BMC's Hillcrest Campus, Tor Court, Pittsfield; preregistration: (413) 447-2400.

KID STUFF

Playgroup

"Baby & Me!" for toddlers and parents, social interaction, music and developmentally appropriate play activities for 1 to 2 year olds, 9:30 to 11 a.m., Berkshire Medical Center, North Street, Pittsfield; preregistration: (413) 447-2400.

LECTURES

Stephentown Historical Society

"Three Centuries on the Hudson River: One Family ... One Dutch House .. .", the story of Hoogebergh (1696-2009) and the 11 generations of the Staats family who lived there, 7:30 p.m., Heritage Center, Garfield Road, County Route 26, Stephentown, N.Y.

MUSEUMS

Animagic

Museum of Animation, Special Effects and Art showcases Berkshire-based talent that made blockbuster movies like "The Matrix," "X-Men" and "Chicken Run."Original models and technologies from the movies. "Create Your Own Animated Movie" workshop with award-winning special effects creator Eugene Mamut; creations will be posted on Internet. 135 Main St., Lee. By reservation, (413) 243-8095 or (413) 841-6679.

Arrowhead

Historic 1783 farmhouse where author Herman Melville wrote "Moby Dick." Featuring exhibit "So Far from Home: Whalers and Whalers' Art." Open daily through Columbus Day, 9:30 to 5, hourly guided tours from 10 to 4. 780 Holmes Road, Pittsfield, (413) 442-1793 or www.mobydick.org.

Becket Land Trust

Historic quarry and forest featuring hundreds of artifacts and dynamic vistas, year-round outdoor quarry museum and expansive nature preserve, self-guided historic walk, open daylight hours year round, free admission, coordinating exhibits and programs at 12 Brooker Hill Road, Route 8, Becket; quarry is off Route 20, 456 Quarry Road, Becket, (413) 623-2100 or www.becketlandtrust.org.

Berkshire Botanical Garden

Open for hiking daily through the 15-acre facility, 9 to 5, educational programs and special events, corner of routes 102 and 183, West Stockbridge Road, Stockbridge, (413) 298-3926 or www.berkshirebotanical.org.

Berkshire Museum

"Rethink! American Indian Art at Berkshire Museum," contemporary art and significant historic objects, through Jan. 6; "The Big Picture: Berkshire Museum Camera Club 75th Anniversary Exhibition," featuring large scale photographs by members of the Camera Club, through Sept. 16; "Liz Whitney Quisgard: Kaleidoscope," paintings, sculptures, fiber wall hangings, through Oct. 21, 39 South St., Pittsfield, (413) 443-7171.

Bidwell House

Colonial history museum with 18th and 19th-century furnishings, heirloom vegetable garden, flower gardens and 192 acres of fields, woods and trails, authentic experience in lifeways of the Berkshires in the 1750s; also, "Early Farm and Garden Tools" exhibit. Open Thurs.-Mon., 11 to 4, guided tours on the hour, grounds open daily, 100 Art School Road, Monterey. Information: (413) 528-6888 or www.bidwellhousemuseum.org.

Chesterwood

House, studio and gardens of Daniel Chester French, sculptor of The Minute Man in Concord, and Abrham Lincoln for the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.; National Trust Historic Site features "Contemporary Sculpture at Chesterwood 2011," juried outdoor sculpture exhibition on view through Oct. 10. Tours, workshops, artist demonstrations and guided tours on Sats. and Suns., 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., open daily through Oct. 10. 4 Williamsville Road, off Route 183, Stockbridge, (413) 298-3579, ext. 25210.

Hancock Shaker Village

Living history museum includes 18 historic buildings, heirloom medicinal and vegatable gardens, Shaker furniture, crafts, tools and clothes; also, craft and cooking demonstrations, lectures and workshops. Featured exhibit is "A Promising Venture: Shaker Photographs from the WPA," works of photographer Noel Vicentini, on display through Oct. 28. Village is open daily from 10 to 4 for self-guided visits through Oct. 28. Route 20, Pittsfield, (413) 443-0188.

The Mount

Former home of famed writer Edith Wharton, open daily from 10 to 5 through Oct. 31. Featuring special events, guided tours of house and gardens on weekends and self-guided tours also available. 2 Plunkett St., off Route 7, Lenox; information: www.Edith Wharton.org or (413) 551-5111.

Norman Rockwell Museum

World's largest collection of original art by Norman Rockwell as well as changing exhibitions on the art of illustration, featured exhibits are "Howard Pyle: American Master Rediscovered," "A Day in the Life: Norman Rockwell's Stockbridge Studio," "Curator's Choice: Recent Acquisitions from the Norman Rockwell Museum Collection" and "Norman Rockwell's 323 ‘Saturday Evening Post' Covers," open daily from 10 to 5; family creativity center. Information: www.nrm.org or (413) 298-4100.

Steepletop

Former historic house and garden museum of poet Edna St. Vincent Millay, tours at 11:30, 12:30, 2:30 and 3:30, 436 East Hill Road, two miles in from Route 22, south of Route 203, Austerlitz, N.Y., (518) 392-3362 or www.millay.org.

Susan B. Anthony Museum

Childhood home of the legendary human rights leader, features a portrait gallery, legacy room and birthing room, 10 to 4, 67 East Road, Adams; private tours: (413) 743-7121.

Ventfort Hall

Mansion and Gilded Age Museum, 1893 Morgan mansion with extraordinary plaster ceilings, stained glass and hand carved wood; open daily year-round for tours; featuring "Les Petite Dames de Mode" exhibit featuring women's fashions from 1855-1914 as well as plays, concerts, and a tea & talk series. Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sat. & Sun., 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., 104 Walker St., Lenox. Information: (413) 637-3206 or www.GildedAge.org.

MUSIC

Berkshire Hillsmen

Men's barbershop chorus meeting, every night is guest night, 7:30 p.m., St. Stephen's Epis copal Church, East Street at Park Square, use Allen Street entrance, Pittsfield, (413) 442-7293 or www.NEDistrict.org/berkshirehillsmen/

Berkshire Lyric Chorus

Weekly rehearsals resume for new season, new singers welcome, 7 p.m., Unitarian Universalist Church, Wendell Avenue, Pittsfield; (413) 298-5365 or www.BerkshireLyricInfo.org.

Eagles Band Rehearsals

Eagles Band Rehearsals

Eagles Wind Symphony rehearsal, new members welcome to sit in, bring a music stand, from 7 to 9 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 55 Fenn St., Pittsfield. Information: (413) 499-2071.

Hilltown Choral Society

Rehearsals leading up to Dec. 1 and 2 holiday concerts, new singers of all ages welcome, 7:30 to 9 p.m., Worthington Historical Society building, intersection of routes 143 and 112, Worthington Town Center, (413) 499-7320.

Lichtenstein Center

Afro-Caribbean and West African hand drum class with Aimee Gelinas of Gaia Roots, beginner/intermediate class at 6 p.m., intermediate/advanced class at 7 p.m., 28 Renne Ave., Pittsfield; information: aimee@gaiaroots.com.

Tomorrow

ART

Painting Class

Taught by Gloria Malcolm Arnold, OPA, all levels welcome, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at her studio, 301 East Center St. Lee. Information: (413) 243-1169.

Taught by Gloria Malcolm Arnold, OPA, all levels welcome, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at her studio, 301 East Center St. Lee. Information: (413) 243-1169.

COMMUNITY

Al-Anon Meeting

Hevreh, 10 a.m., State Road, Great Barrington.

'Anonymous' Meetings

Alcoholics Anonymous, main contact number: (413) 443-0212; Narcotics Anonymous, information on daily meeting locations and times: (413) 443-4377; Al-Anon, for family members who have a husband/wife/son/daughter, etc. who is impaired with alcohol/drugs, (413) 445-5852.

Berkshire Stamp Club

Berkshire Stamp Club

General meeting, stamps to identify, 7:30 p.m., community room, Berk shire Mall, Route 8, Lanesborough; information: Edward Ptak: (413) 443-6146.

Bingo

Hinsdale Lions Club bingo, refreshments, $250 progressive game and weekly door prizes, doors open at 5 p.m., game begins at 6:30 p.m., Lions Club building, Route 143, Hinsdale.

Dalton Historical Commission

Monthly meeting, 6:30 p.m., Crane Room, Dalton Town Hall, Main Street.

Holiday Brook Farm

Sustainably grown products including vegetables, meats, maple syrup and yarn, 8:30 to 5:30, 100 Holiday Farm Road, Dalton, (413) 684-0444.

Pittsfield Chess Club

All levels welcome, at 7 p.m., Hillcrest Hospital cafeteria, Tor Court, Pittsfield; information: Douglas Durante, (413) 442-3664.

Study Group Meeting

Edgar Cayce Study Group, discussion of Cayce's readings to develop one's creative abilities and to manfest one's true purpose, 7 p.m., 1409 County Route 5, Canaan, N.Y.; information: Bob Connors, (518) 781-4686.

DANCE

Pittsfield Squares

Open house, with caller Cliff Brodeur with his wife Senta, all welcome, no partner needed, 7 p.m., South Congregational Church, 110 South St., Pittsfield; information: Dee Gardiner, (413) 329-5200 or Cliff Brodeur, (413) 443-3060.

EXHIBITS

SculptureNow

SculptureNow in Lenox 2012, juried exhibition of large scale, outdoor sculptures, 21 sculptures on display on Main, Kemble and Walker streets through Oct. 27, maps available at Chamber of Commerce; information: (413) 623-2068.

HEALTH & FITNESS

Blood Pressure Clinics

Walk-ins are welcome, sponsored by Porchlight VNA and Tri-Town Board of Health, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.; Brown Memorial Court, Marble Street, Lee; and noon to 1, Heaton Court, Stockbridge.

Brain Injury Group

For people and family members affected by traumatic or acquired brain injury or those living with brain cancer, 4 p.m., Center for Rehabilitation, Medical Arts Complex, 5th floor, 777 North St., Pittsfield, (413) 442-4448.

Health Workshop

"Weight Loss: How to Accomplish Permanent Weight Loss and Be Healthy," 6:30 p.m., Living Well Chiropractic, Nutrition and Massage, 140 Pleasant St., North Adams; preregistration: (413) 663-5500.

Parkinson's Dance Class

"Dance for P.D.," movement and fitness to music for those with Parkinson's Disease, 1 p.m., $10, Berkshire Training Station, 6 Depot St., West Stockbridge, (413) 717-2387, www.berkshiretrainingstation.com.

Pittsfield Family YMCA

Zumba Gold, 11 to noon; Kick Some Abs, 12:15 to 12:45 p.m.; Core & More, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.; Y-Cycle, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.; deep water circuit training, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., and Zumba, 6:45 to 7:45 p.m., North Street, Pittsfield, (413) 499-7650.

Yoga

Moderate vinyasa flow, drop-ins welcome, 5 to 6 p.m., Yoga Depot, 137 North St., Pittsfield; Rachael Plaine, (413) 822-2034.

'Yoga for You'

Small classes exploring the use of your breath, with flexibility, strength and endurance postures, followed by complete guided imagery relaxation, 9:30 to 11 a.m. and 5:30 to 7 p.m., takes place in Stockbridge, call for more information: Nancy Simanson, (413) 298-3319.

Zumba

Latin inspired, easy to follow dance fitness class, drop-ins welcome, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Terpsichore Dance Center, 395 North St., Pittsfield; Rachael Plaine, (413) 822-2034.

KID STUFF

Lanesborough Library

Story time, for preschoolers ages two and up, story and craft, 10:15 a.m., Route 7, Lanesborough, (413) 442-0222.

Lego Club

Tuesdays from 3 to 4 p.m., Bushnell-Sage Library, Sheffield.

Lenox Library

Toddler story time for children 2 to 3 years and their caregivers, also will sing songs and learn finger plays, from 11 to 11:30 a.m., 18 Main St., Lenox.

Music Together

Free mixed age/intergenerational demo class, music and movement program for infants, toddlers and preschoolers with an adult, 10:30 a.m., Sugar Hill, 45 Main St., Dalton, and 4:30 p.m., South Congregational Church, 110 South St., Pittsfield; reservations: Sandy Russell, (413) 637-1265 or www.CentralBerkshire
MusicTogether.com.

North Adams Public Library

Toddler Time, 10:30 a.m., NAPL Youth Services Department, second floor, 74 Church St., North Adams, (413) 662-3133.

Play Space

Northern Berkshire Early Intervention community play space that provides high quality educational and developmental toys for children age five and under, 2 to 4 p.m., 25 Marshall St., North Adams.

Rhyme Time

Rhymes, finger plays, circle games and simple puppetry designed for infants, crawlers, toddlers and young children, drop-in weekly event, 10:30 a.m., Matrushka, 309 Main St., Great Barrington, (413) 528-6911.

LECTURES

Ventfort Hall

"Faberge, the Eggs and the Romanovs," with Julianne Agar, retired art and art education professor, part of "Tea and Talk" series, 4 p.m., followed by Victorian tea, 104 Walker St., Lenox, (413) 637-3206.

LITERARY ACTIVITIES

Writers' Round Table

Read your works in progress to get friendly feedback, leadership rotates, meets 1:30-3:30 p.m. in Large Print area on main floor, Lenox Library, 16 Main St.; information: coordinator, (413) 637-1900.

MUSEUMS

Animagic

Museum of Animation, Special Effects and Art showcases Berkshire-based talent that made blockbuster movies like "The Matrix," "X-Men" and "Chicken Run."Original models and technologies from the movies. "Create Your Own Animated Movie" workshop with award-winning special effects creator Eugene Mamut; creations will be posted on Internet. 135 Main St., Lee. By reservation, (413) 243-8095 or (413) 841-6679.

Arrowhead

Historic 1783 farmhouse where author Herman Melville wrote "Moby Dick." Featuring exhibit "So Far from Home: Whalers and Whalers' Art." Open daily through Columbus Day, 9:30 to 5, hourly guided tours from 10 to 4. 780 Holmes Road, Pittsfield, (413) 442-1793 or www.mobydick.org.

Becket Land Trust

Historic quarry and forest featuring hundreds of artifacts and dynamic vistas, year-round outdoor quarry museum and expansive nature preserve, self-guided historic walk, open daylight hours year round, free admission, coordinating exhibits and programs at 12 Brooker Hill Road, Route 8, Becket; quarry is off Route 20, 456 Quarry Road, Becket, (413) 623-2100 or www.becketlandtrust.org.

Berkshire Botanical Garden

Open for hiking daily through the 15-acre facility, 9 to 5, educational programs and special events, corner of routes 102 and 183, West Stockbridge Road, Stockbridge, (413) 298-3926 or www.berkshirebotanical.org.

Berkshire Museum

"Rethink! American Indian Art at Berkshire Museum," contemporary art and significant historic objects, through Jan. 6; "The Big Picture: Berkshire Museum Camera Club 75th Anniversary Exhibition," featuring large scale photographs by members of the Camera Club, through Sept. 16; "Liz Whitney Quisgard: Kaleidoscope," paintings, sculptures, fiber wall hangings, through Oct. 21, 39 South St., Pittsfield, (413) 443-7171.

Chesterwood

House, studio and gardens of Daniel Chester French, sculptor of The Minute Man in Concord, and Abraham Lincoln for the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. Tours, workshops, artist demonstrations and guided tours on Sats. and Suns., 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., open daily through Oct. 10. 4 Williamsville Road, off Route 183, Stockbridge, (413) 298-3579, ext. 25210.

Hancock Shaker Village

Living history museum includes 18 historic buildings, heirloom medicinal and vegatable gardens, Shaker furniture, crafts, tools and clothes; also, craft and cooking demonstrations, lectures and workshops. Village is open daily from 10 to 4 for self-guided visits through Oct. 28. Route 20, Pittsfield, (413) 443-0188.

The Mount

Former home of famed writer Edith Wharton, open daily from 10 to 5 through Oct. 31. Featuring special events, guided tours of house and gardens on weekends and self-guided tours also available. 2 Plunkett St., off Route 7, Lenox; information: www.Edith Wharton.org or (413) 551-5111.

Norman Rockwell Museum

World's largest collection of original art by Norman Rockwell as well as changing exhibitions on the art of illustration, featured exhibits are "Howard Pyle: American Master Rediscovered," "A Day in the Life: Norman Rockwell's Stockbridge Studio," "Curator's Choice: Recent Acquisitions from the Norman Rockwell Museum Collection" and "Norman Rockwell's 323 ‘Saturday Evening Post' Covers," open daily from 10 to 5; family creativity center. Information: www.nrm.org or (413) 298-4100.

Steepletop

Former historic house and garden museum of poet Edna St. Vincent Millay, tours at 11:30, 12:30, 2:30 and 3:30, 436 East Hill Road, two miles in from Route 22, south of Route 203, Austerlitz, N.Y., (518) 392-3362 or www.millay.org.

Ventfort Hall

Mansion and Gilded Age Museum, 1893 Morgan mansion with extraordinary plaster ceilings, stained glass and hand carved wood; open daily year-round for tours; featuring "Les Petite Dames de Mode" exhibit featuring women's fashions from 1855-1914 as well as plays, concerts, and a tea & talk series. Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sat. & Sun., 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., 104 Walker St., Lenox. Information: (413) 637-3206 or www.GildedAge.org.

MUSIC

Berkshire South

Berkshire Ukulele Band, adult and teen beginners and experienced players, ukuleles available, 6:30 to 8 p.m., Crissey Road, Great Barrington, (413) 528-2810.

Sweet Adelines

Berkshire Hills Chorus of Sweet Adelines, a women's chorus of four-part barbershop acapella harmony directed by interim director Gail Wojkoviak, weekly rehearsal, all women who like to sing are invited, at 6:30 p.m., Unitarian Universalist Church, 175 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield, (use front entrance). Information: Marcy, (413) 499-5945 or visit bhcsings.org.

WORKSHOP

Pruning Workshop

Safety and latest methods to be covered, 5 to 6:30 p.m., meet in parking lot, Springside Park, 874 North St., Pittsfield; information: (413) 442-0444.

Most of these listings represent nonprofit or not-for-profit organizations and are printed as a public service. Prices vary for arts and entertainment events. Ongoing events must be updated monthly. Information must arrive at least a week before the date of publication and be sent to Mary Ellen Sondrini, Calendar, The Berkshire Eagle, P.O. Box 1171, Pittsfield 01202; emailed to news@berkshireeagle.com, or faxed to (413) 499-3419. Questions: (413) 496-6238, Monday through Friday, 9 to 5.